Family Ties (season finale)
Episode 22 of 22 within Season One. Item 22 of 90 overall.
Production number 10122.
David Law Kemper - Writer
Rockne S. O'Bannon - Writer
Tony Tilse - Director
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When Rygel offers Moya's crew to Scorpius in exchange for his own freedom, it falls to D'Argo and Crichton to engineer a diversion that will allow Moya to escape. On board the Command Carrier, Rygel is witness to Scorpius supplanting Crais as Commander, and also to Crais' own crisis of faith.

Meawhile;Crichton sees only one way for Moya to escape: he and D'Argo must carry out a spectacular suicide mission to stop Scorpius in his tracks.

original airdate--January 28,2000  rating--1.6 million


music--"Farscape theme song" by Guy Gross


Factoid--Anthony Simcoe remembers the final moments of the season being filmed, especially the last shot of D'Argo's hand letting go of Crichton's good luck charm. "They brought down the whole crew – the Creature Shop, construction, and all of admin and production – so there were hundreds of people standing around watching us do this last simple shot. There was big applause and champagne, and it was a touching moment." 

  • Ben Browder noted that the final line Crichton recorded for his father was written for "Premiere", but not used. "That last address to Dad is the final evolution of season one, I reinserted that line Rockne had written – 'This is John Crichton, somewhere in the universe' – and go to hear it in an entirely different way," he recollects.
  • This episode was John Eccleston's final work as Rygel's puppeteer.

Farscape Lingo:


  • Intra-scan: Peacekeeper scanning technology that can distinguish life signs of individual species within a spaceship.
  • Das-trak krjtor!: Scorpius's curse upon realizing that Crichton has outfoxed him.
  • Genetic birthing: one way Peacekeepers "fill the ranks".
  • Lutra oil: acts as a catalyst: combined with kronite shavings, becomes highly explosive.
  • Silka: directional vector: "heading silka vector nine".



"My name is John Crichton, an astronaut. A radiation wave hit and I got shot through a wormhole. Now I'm lost in some distant part of the universe on a ship -- a living ship -- full of strange, alien life forms.Help me...Listen, please...Is there anybody out there who can hear me? I'm being hunted by an insane military commander... doing everything I can. I'm just looking for a way home".

related items

Previous episode :
021 Bone to be Wild
Next episode :
023 Mind the Baby
Related to this story :
019 Nerve (I)
  Farscape, Season One
020 The Hidden Memory (II)
  Farscape, Season One
021 Bone to be Wild
  Farscape, Season One
023 Mind the Baby
  Farscape, Season Two

regional titles

Family Ties
Family Ties (season finale)
Les liens de l'espace
Täuschungsmanöver ohne Ende
Carbhait Teaghlaigh
Legami di famiglia
Lios familiares